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8 years ago  ::  Mar 13, 2010 - 2:16PM #1
Buddha2be
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I was curious about the use of prayer beads in the Theravada tradition. I have never seen any Theravada monks or nuns with them in pictures. I have read Pali Prayers that are too long for chanting on each bead. Does anyone know if Theravada Buddhists use them and if so please recommend some mantras?

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5 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2012 - 2:50PM #2
Sambhudas
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As far as I know, Theravada Monks rarely use malas if at all.  Using malas was borrowed from Hinduism in order to perform "Japa" (counting a certain number of mantras) and was not really a part of the Buddha's original teachings.  In Theravada Buddhism saying mantras per say is not a part of their practices.  Theravada Monks do perform chanting but these chants are not like mantras, which have a different rythmn and intent.

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5 years ago  ::  Oct 26, 2012 - 7:57PM #3
Mettawisdom
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Hi.  When I was a monk in Thailand I saw several monks with beads and a few monks actually gave me some.  How it was explained to me was that it was used to count as a form of meditation.

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